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GardenArt Project – Part of Professional Development Tour


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Thursday, September 26, 2013 was a special day for GardenArt. GardenArt’s commercial landscape design and installation at Nanshan America AAT in Lafayette was selected as one of the sites on a professional development tour for landscape professionals and educators. (Coincidentally, it was also National Teach Ag Day.)


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The annual bus tour is sponsored by Spence Restoration Nursery (Muncie, Indiana) who supplied GardenArt with all of the plants for this project. This year’s bus tour was titled Native Plant Communities in the Commercial Landscape and featured all new sites with a strong focus on maintenance of plant communities in storm water practices. The tour group visited Nanshan America AAT which was designed, installed and is maintained by GardenArt.

The Nanshan America AAT project is unique in many ways for GardenArt. The first unique aspect of this project is the scope, size and time table which sets it apart from most other GardenArt projects. GardenArt created an overall landscape design for Nanshan that covers more than 50 acres and has been implemented in phases. The project includes several large and mature trees — some 20 years old and measuring 20 to 30 feet tall (8 inch caliper). Second, the GardenArt design for Nanshan includes a pond that enhances the landscape of the entire area and greets guests at the entrance of their property. Finally, the pond area introduces native plant species as well as a fountain. GardenArt worked with Nanshan’s Development Team, Link Management, Spence Restoration Nursery, and several other trades to create the overall appearance of the entire Nanshan property in Lafayette.


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Sean Sullivan from GardenArt was on-site as a resource to the landscape professionals and the staff from Spence Restoration Nursery. The tour participants were excited about this hands-on opportunity to see a successful commercial landscape and engaged Sean in a lively discussion about the design, installation and maintenance of the site. The tour participants were complimentary of the GardenArt project and offered many positive comments.

The bus tour also visited Ivy Tech Community College – Lafayette, a savanna restoration installed this spring at the Cary Home, rain gardens installed this spring at the Wabash Center, and several sites at Purdue University – West Lafayette. Kevin Tungsevick from Spence Restoration Nursery led the day-long professional development tour. GardenArt is honored to have been a part of this prestigious event.


For a list of all of the plants, flowers and grasses at Nanshan America AAT, click HERE.

To see more photos from the Spence Restoration Nursery Bus Tour stop at Nanshan America AAT, click HERE.

To see more photos of GardenArts’s work at Nanshan America AAT, click HERE.


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GardenArt’s Adopt-A-Spot Work Day 2013 — New and Improved


GardenArt is the proud sponsor of an
Adopt-A-Spot in the City of Lafayette.


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This past weekend the entire GardenArt team was eager to get started on their Adopt-A-Spot – even though it was early on a Saturday morning. Saturday morning’s installation though was only one step in the detailed process.


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The first step in the process is planning and design. This year, GardenArt landscape designers decided to completely redesign the “Spot” and focus on “native plants.” The next step was to draw up the designs and select the plants. Once the designs were complete, the materials were ordered and the date for installation was set. By Thursday the plants arrived, Adopt-A-Spot T-shirts were 2013-05-11 Adopt A Spot 018 (2)distributed, and everyone was ready to get started. Before the end of the day on Friday, the plants, tools and materials were gathered, the equipment was prepped, the water buffalo was filled, the mulch was measured and everything was loaded on the GardenArt trucks.


On Saturday morning, everyone met at GardenArt HQ, enjoyed a quick doughnut or two, secured the trucks and equipment, and headed to the GardenArt Adopt-A-Spot 2013-05-11 Adopt A Spot 062 (2)location in Lafayette. Once the team arrives at the “Spot” the magic began. Everyone was given their assignment and the team began to work. Even though it was a cold but sunny morning the crew moved swiftly and efficiently. Stage one of the installation included clearing the entire area. It is a relatively routine process except for removing a few shrub stumps and roots. The entire area was finally cleared, weeded, leveled and edged; then the mulching 2013-05-11 Adopt A Spot 072 (2)began. It took no time to empty an entire dump truck filled with steaming, high quality mulch. Soon the design team spray-painted lines in the mulch and the flats of native plants started to emerge. Two of the crew drilled holes while others placed plants in the holes and the rest of the crew secured the plants and filled the holes. Orderly rows of plants began to appear and the design was taking shape.


Before they knew it everything was planted and the installation entered the final 2013-05-11 Adopt A Spot 123 (2)stages — clean, water plants, sweep, water, touch up mulch, blow debris, pack up tools, water, load equipment, water, and clean up the entire area including sidewalks, curbs and the street. The GardenArt team is talented, professional, and motivated – and their work installing this Adopt-A-Spot project is a perfect example of their quality work. Each and every member of the GardenArt team worked very hard and remained focused, respectful and professional the entire morning.


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When it was finally completed, no one really wanted to leave. The good feelings and fellowship overcame them. They didn’t expect to have a great time together but they weren’t surprised. Working hard and serving the community while using your talents is rewarding. Coming together for this common purpose had a profound impact on the team as a whole.


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The benefits of the Adopt-A-Spot program are clear – to help beautify Lafayette through sponsorship and allowing local businesses like GardenArt to serve and give back to the community. The less obvious benefit is how much the team grows and develops during the process. Trust was formed, friendships were developed, and lifetime memories were created — that magical morning. The GardenArt team is now stronger than ever. This summer is going to tremendous – and each member of the team has one more project for which to be proud – the GardenArt Adopt-A-Spot.


Please slow down and enjoy it while it grows, blooms and matures. After all this “Spot” is our gift to you!


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{To view more photos of “GardenArt’s Adopt-A-Spot Work Day” — click HERE or any image in this post}

{To view more photos of “delivery day” — click HERE or any image in this post}

Check back for more information on the NATIVE PLANTS used in this Adopt-A-Spot in Lafayette, Indiana.



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Spring Delivery — Busy Day at GardenArt


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Today was a busy day at GardenArt HQ. A parade of box trucks and flatbeds delivered trees, shrubs, flowers and other plants all day long. The GardenArt design teams have been working hard creating beautiful outdoor living spaces on paper for clients — now it’s time to order the materials and begin installations.


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Some of these trees will be used in the West Lafayette Tree Project – ReLeaf; and many of the plants will be used in the GardenArt “Adopt-A-Spot” in Lafayette.


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The GardenArt team will be working on their Adopt-A-Spot this Saturday — just in time for Mother’s Day. READ more: HERE.


{To view more photos of “delivery day” — click HERE or any image in this post}

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